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Future Directions In Image Management: Medical And Practical Considerations
Author(s): J. J. Erickson; E. A. Eikman; M. I. Shaff; A. E. James
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Paper Abstract

The volume of data produced by new imaging modalities has far outstripped the ability of most departments to effectively utilize the images produced. The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that the diagnostic procedures have become progressively less invasive and traumatic and are being applied to an ever larger patient population. The decrease in cost and the rise in technological capability of computer systems in recent years has provided imaging specialists with the opportunity to create network systems for the storage and recall of diagnostic images. This paper examines the philosophy of image storage from the standpoint of the medical, legal, and practical questions. A proposal is made that not all images are equal and that some deserve to be archived for longer periods than others. The practical problem of using a video display for diagnostic readout, aside from the classical questions of resolution and response time, is discussed. A proposal is also made that two data bases might be created; one which provides rapid access to the clinically relevant images (i.e., the two or three that demonstrate pathology) and one which may require much longer to access, but which contains all the archived data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 1983
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0418, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (16 May 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935996
Show Author Affiliations
J. J. Erickson, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (United States)
E. A. Eikman, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (United States)
M. I. Shaff, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (United States)
A. E. James, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0418:
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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